The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it expects a smooth transition from Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
ECOWAS Chairman and Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama stated this on during a last month visit at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja where he and Jonathan met behind closed doors.
Commending Jonathan for conceding defeat in the March 28 presidential poll, Mahama said Jonathan displayed maturity, which he noted had earned him the respect of Nigerians and the international community. Describing Nigeria as an important member of ECOWAS expected to
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play prominent role in the sub- region, Mahama said, “We expect a smooth transition and possibly the role that Nigeria plays in the ECOWAS being the biggest economy, not only in our sub-region, but in the whole continent.”
2015 Election FACTSFILE:
- President Goodluck Jonathan made history as the first Nigerian president to be defeated in an election
- President-elect,Muhammadu Buharial so made history by becoming president in his fourth attempt
- Buhari polled 15,424,921 in 21 states to beat Jonathan at 12,853,162 in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- Buhari’s highest vote was in Kano state and at 1,903,999 while Jonathan’s was in Rivers and at 1,487,075
- BuharifollowsformerPresidentOlusegunObasanjoto become one of Nigeria’s past military rulers to be democratically elected president
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